|desperate /ˈdɛsprət/ adjective|
comparative and superlative forms: more desperate; most desperate
1 : very sad and upset because of having little or no hope : feeling or showing despair • The collapse of her business had made herdesperate. • As the supply of food ran out, people becamedesperate. • We could hear their desperate cries for help. • adesperate phone call
2 : very bad or difficult to deal with • The building is in desperate[=terrible, awful] shape and may have to be demolished. •desperate [=hopeless] situations • The outlook was desperate.
3 : done with all of your strength or energy and with little hope of succeeding • a desperate struggle to defeat the enemy • He made a desperate bid/attempt to save his job. • They made one lastdesperate attempt to fight their way out.
4 : having a strong need or desire for something or to do something• He is desperate for money/attention/work. • After traveling all night, they were desperate for sleep. • She was desperate to provethat she was right.
5 : very severe or strong • The animals were in desperate need of food and water when they were found. • a desperate shortage of medical supplies • The situation called for desperate measures.
— desperately /ˈdɛsprətli/ adverb • We are trying desperately to find a solution. • They desperately struggled to defeat the enemy. • They were desperately [=extremely, terribly] unhappy/poor. •desperately ill patients • We were desperately in need of food and water.